Share Your Favorite Wattpad Quotes on Facebook

Social promo image You may have noticed a growing trend on your social media feed. Today’s audiences share #Shelfies, watch BookTubers, and post screenshots of articles and novels everywhere online. Some argue that the books we display and quotes we share show people who we are.

Wattpad’s team wants storytellers and their audiences to do just that. Starting today you can use Wattpad’s new Facebook Quote Plugin to show people who you are by sharing what you’re reading.

When our team revamped our Quote Art feature last year, it opened up a new way for people to share the words that inspire them straight from their mobile phone.

Today, Anyone who visits Wattpad on their desktop’s web browser can share quotes directly to Facebook. Wattpad’s new Facebook Quote Plugin helps people quickly share highlighted text with friends, family, and followers.

The new Facebook feature allows you to highlight up to 500 characters in a Wattpad story and share it in a way that respects a writer's intellectual property. If you’re trying to foster support for your favourite writer or story during the 2016 Wattys awards, this new feature can help get that story in front of more people in your network.

To try out this new feature, open a Wattpad story on your desktop browser, highlight your favorite passage, and hit share to Facebook! You can review the full how-to guide, here.

Comedy Spotlight: Humor writer Andrew Shaffer on how Wattpad helps his comedy writing

There are people who claim they don’t suffer fools gladly. We think those people are probably lying. April Fools’ Day is a 24-hour window where it’s socially acceptable to test the limits of our own comedic tomfoolery - and shed light on those who spread laughter the rest of the year, too.

Since humor is one of the most searched for categories on Wattpad, we spoke with Andrew Shaffer - a comedy writer who uses Wattpad to showcase and beta test his own writing, as well as to supplement his existing social media presence.

We wanted some tips and insight into how he uses Wattpad as a comedy writer specifically - and possibly to get some ammo for our own humor writing arsenals.

“I was already a published author with two nonfiction books, and one novel [Goodreads Choice Awards-nominated parody, Fifty Shames of Earl Grey],” says Shaffer, who joined Wattpad in 2013.

“But I saw a different readership on Wattpad from the one I could reach with paperbacks or ebooks—an international audience, reading stories from around the world.”

Shaffer initially began by posting some previously published material, just to test the waters. Soon, he found himself posting fanfic for Sherlock and Guardians of the Galaxy.

He discovered what an increasing number of already-published authors have found with Wattpad - a platform for stories that otherwise wouldn't have found an audience, and a way to test reactions to new story ideas.

Shaffer will be the first to tell you that to deliver laughs through fiction is not an easy task. “It's often difficult to know if I've written something funny until someone else reads it,” he says. “Like a stand-up comedian, an author needs to test out funny material to see if it works.”

Which is why he sends some of his work to beta readers, some to his editor, and, other times, tries some of his bits out on social media (including Wattpad).

“I'm currently serializing a rough draft of a parody [Catsby: A Novel] on Wattpad to get a feel for what works, and what I need to revisit on my next draft,” says Shaffer. “Feedback is essential for comedy writing. The more eyes on it, the better.”

Like many comedy writers, Shaffer finds that humor can be a great way to spark conversation about otherwise more serious topics.

“Nobody likes to be lectured to,” he says. “Especially with important issues, it's very easy to get heavy-handed. If you have a point to make, humor helps the medicine go down. Comedy is the cherry flavoring.”

We wanted to know if Shaffer had any tips for crafting a solid punchline… possibly for our own personal research, but also for science.

“I think it's fairly easy to write a good punchline,” Shaffer tells us. “People who aren't writers do it all the time on Twitter, for instance. However, it's more difficult to craft a good punchline that works within the context of a story. Does it fit the tone of the story? Does it ring true for the characters you've created?”

“The other thing about punchlines,” he reminds us, “is you need to throw out the first couple you think of. Don't take the most obvious route—go in a different direction. The bigger the left turn, the funnier the punchline.”

Definitely some noteworthy intel.

As for what Shaffer finds most useful about Wattpad specifically, he points to the ability to serialize his work, and connect with readers through comments as he posts.

“When you're writing a novel, you might spend a year or more alone with these characters in your head,” he explains. “But if you're serializing something, and readers can comment directly on the work-in-progress, the writing process takes on an entirely new dynamic. It's both fun and scary to hear from readers as a work is in progress! Wattpad has the ability to radically alter the drafting process.”

Shaffer, of course, is not the only comedy writer who’s found success on Wattpad. Kevin Fanning, for example, has garnered a huge following thanks to his hilariously creative writing, as well as YouTuber Grace Helbig. Because ultimately, comedic prose can take many forms.

“Humor can be sweet or it can be snarky,” Shaffer reminds us. “The only thing that really matters for me, though, is, ‘Is it funny?’"

For more comedy and tomfoolery, check out Andrew's writing, the humor category on Wattpad, or write your own story.

Stories go viral with Wattpad’s Quote Art feature

Over 35 million quotes shared using the exclusive feature

The right words can stop you in your tracks. We return to beautifully written passages and re-read all the funny parts in our favorite stories. When words excite and move us, we want to tell others.

To help people share the words that inspire them, Wattpad recently expanded its Quote Art feature. Exclusively available on Wattpad, Quote Art is a favorite tool for many Wattpadders. Collectively users have created more than 35 million quotes using the sharing feature.

With Quote Art, Wattpad users can post snippets of story passages on image-based platforms like Pinterest and Instagram, as well as other social networks. Quote Art can help stories go viral and makes it easy for both writers and readers to promote and connect over stories online.

To create Quote Art users highlight text and select the Quote Art icon.

Then they choose from one of several curated images, or can upload their own.

The Quote Art is then ready to share on the network of their choice.

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The expanded feature offers a catalog of new images and a redesigned font.

Quote Art is yet another successful project launched from a Hack Friday event. On Hack Friday, the Wattpad team is given free reign to work on unique projects that support our users. Quote Art is available exclusively on mobile and has been fully integrated into the Wattpad iOS and Android apps.